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in afghanistan said today the focus of the war is about to shift away from taliban strongholds in the south and to the eastern border with pakistan where al qaeda still operates. general david petraeus is retiring from the army later this month and will become the new director of the c.i.a. mandy clark spoke with him today in kabul about the way forward in afghanistan. >> reporter: the last days of general david petraeus's command have been marked by two major events: the president's decision to begin withdrawing u.s. forces and days later an audacious attack on one of kabul's most important hotels. general petraeus told us the assault should not be seen as a setback. do you really think that the afghan security forces are ready if they can't protect a major hotel in the cap all? >> i can tell you that our special forces who were sporp not leading and not doing-- for the afghan forces who saw the crisis response unit said that they responded very courageously. in fact, that they took the loss of life with the wounded in action i think underscores that fact. >> reporter: but the training of
a new lease on life. marine sergeant jimmy childers lost a leg to a roadside bomb in afghanistan that also left him with traumatic brain injury. he was prone to angry outbursts into p-2-v paired him with tidus. childers looked into getting a dog trained to work with the disabled but was told it would take more than a year. anyway he says that's not what he needed. >> i don't need a dog to grab my prosthetic leg. >> reporter: the dog gives him what he does need. >> he gives me back unconditional love. no judgment. >> reporter: the demand is never ending on both sides. there's 18 veterans that commit suicide every day in this country. there's one animal that's put to sleep every eight seconds. >> reporter: dave sharpe puts the two together to save each other's lives. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> schieffer: dogs are the best. for scott and all of us at cbs news i'm bob schieffer. we'll see you at 9:00 eastern time for president obama's address and the republican response from house speaker john boehner. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group a
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